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The Korean movie Parasite has won four Oscars. The Oscars is the most important award show for movies. Parasite was directed by Korean director Bong Joon Ho. It won the Oscars for Best Director, Best Original Screenplay, Best Foreign Language Movie and Best Picture.

Parasite has won many awards but the Oscars are the most prestigious and important. Best Picture is the most important Oscar. The movie that wins Best Picture gets a lot of attention and becomes a lot more popular. Not many people thought that Parasite could win Best Picture because it isn’t an English language movie. Best Picture has never been won by a non-English language movie in the history of the Oscars.

The Oscar wins have made people aware of Korean movies and other non-English cinema. There has been a lot of criticism of the Oscars in recent years. People think they have not been diverse enough with the movies that are nominated. This is why people were shocked that Parasite won so many awards, especially Best Picture. Parasite winning has made many people more interested in watching Korean movies.

Difficult Words

Screenplay (n): The script of a film.

Foreign (adj): Something from a different country.

Prestigious (adj): Being very respected and admired.

Diverse (adj): Many different kinds, various.

Nominated (v): To be an option for an award.

Activities

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Match the Synonym!

 1. Screenplay  A. Different country.
 2. Foreign  B. Various
 3. Prestigious  C. Option
 4. Diverse  D. Film script.
 5. Nominated  E. Respected

True or False?

1. A Korean movie has won two Oscars. T / F

2. Parasite has won very few awards. T / F

3. Parasite is an original screenplay. T / F

4. Many people knew Parasite would win. T / F

5. People think the Oscars has not been diverse enough. T / F

Unscramble the sentence!

1. most / the / Oscars / award show / important / The / is

2. of / lot / wins / a / that / Best Picture / gets / The movie / attention

3. Not / thought / win / many people / Parasite / that / could

4. a / lot / There / of / criticism / the Oscars / been / has / of

5. they / think / have not / People / enough / been / diverse

Listening and Vocabulary

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American English:

Directed Criticism Popular
Awards History Interested

The Korean movie Parasite has won four Oscars. The Oscars is the most important award show for movies. Parasite was (1)____________ by Korean director Bong Joon Ho. It won the Oscars for Best Director, Best Original Screenplay, Best Foreign Language Movie and Best Picture.

Parasite has won many (2)____________ but the oscars are the most prestigious and important. Best Picture is the most important Oscar. The movie that wins Best Picture gets a lot of attention and becomes a lot more (3)___________. Not many people thought that Parasite could win Best Picture because it isn’t an English language movie. Best Picture has never been won by a non-English language movie in the (4)__________ of the Oscars.

The Oscar wins have made people aware of Korean movies and other non-English cinema. There has been a lot of (5)____________ of the Oscars in recent years. People think they have not been diverse enough with the movies that are nominated. This is why people were shocked that Parasite won so many awards, especially Best Picture. Parasite winning has made many people more (6)_____________ in watching Korean movies.

Conversation Questions

Take turns speaking with a partner or try to answer on your own:

1. Did you find this article interesting? Why or why not?
2. Did you learn anything new from this article? If so, what?
3. What do you think of this story?
4. What is your favourite movie?
5. What is the worst movie you ever watched?
6. Are you more likely to watch a movie if it won an Oscar?
7. Do you think the Oscars need more diversity?
8. How can the Oscars be made more diverse?
9. Do you pay attention to the Oscars?
10. Have you thought a movie should win an Oscar but it didn’t?
11. Have you watched Parasite?
12. Have you watched any other Korean movies?
13. Does your country have a strong movie industry?
14. Are cinemas popular in your country?
15. Do you prefer to watch movies at home or at the cinema?
16. Are American movies popular in your country?
17. Do you have a favourite director?
18. Do you have a favourite actor?
19. What is your favourite movie genre?
20. What is a good movie you watched recently?